A team that already has had plenty of distractions seems to be on the verge of another one.
Regardless of anything he ever has said, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez never wanted Tim Tebow on the team. And now that Sanchez is trying to take advantage of what necessarily is his last chance to save his job in New York, Tebow is still there. Not because the Jets want Tebow, but because the Jets want to try to trade away the obligation to pay the Broncos $1.53 million this year in salary that was previously paid out to Tebow by his former team.
Still, it’s clear that Sanchez doesn’t want Tebow there, and it’s clear that Tebow doesn’t want to be there.
While both have opted for a passive-aggressive approach, each player has now had a private coach who works with him sound off. It started with Jeff Garcia, who has been helping teach Sanchez the West Coast offense, calling Tebow a “distraction” whose presence “doesn’t bring anything positive.” Then, Steve Clarkson, who has been helping Tebow fix his throwing motion, called Sanchez a “fragile-minded quarterback.”
Neither quarterback has rejected the comments. Which would lead a reasonable mind to believe that the quarterbacks agree with — or, at a minimum, don’t disagree with — the things that have been said.
If neither Sanchez nor Tebow publicly distance themselves from the things said by Garcia and Clarkson, respectively, the possibility exists for their passive-aggressive feud to turn aggressive-aggressive.
So, basically, the other guys working out at the Jets facility should be bringing popcorn to the weight room.